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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Magazine

20 Years of Iyengar Yoga and Healing Arts in Riverwest

Jan 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
Riverwest Yogashala provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all ages, genders and abilities to learn yoga and other wellness practices.

In October 2023, yoga folks spanning two decades gathered to celebrate the 20th birthday of Riverwest Yogashala, Milwaukee’s own nonprofit Iyengar Yoga school. As folks shared their experiences, it became clear how much Riverwest Yogashala has become deeply and beautifully intertwined in people’s lives.

Kelly, a long-time yoga student and board member, shared that her teenage daughters had whined about being dragged to class, and now yoga is an important part of their adult lives. John and Shima, actually met during yoga classes and are now happily married. Jess and Hart, another two students, reminisced about their very first yoga classes in their 20s. Now, over a decade later, both have children on their hips and continue to practice yoga. 

Others have come to Riverwest Yogashala in the midst of big life transitions including pregnancy, grief, injuries and stress. Yoga has been an integral part of their continuum of care and is more than a place to do the physical practice of yoga.

Riverwest Yogashala thanks all who have been a part of this place over the years to build and share community. Members share the following message: “Come back and reconnect with our community! If you are new and curious, we invite you in. Find our bright blue door at Locust and Fratney in the heart of the Riverwest neighborhood. Climb the stairs to discover a sunny, cozy space with solid wood floors, lots of support for different bodies, and so much love.”

Location: 731 E Locust St, Milwaukee. For more info, email 
[email protected] or visit to view classes.